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OneSearch: It’s How You Find It

This semester we launched a new version of OneSearch, which provides access to our book & media collection and most of our research databases. I could tell you all about what it does and how to use it, but our friends at the Cosumnes River College Library made a video that does a much better job, in a very short amount of time, than I could hope to do. Enjoy! And tell your friendly librarians how you’re using it.

Preview the New OneSearch

OneSearch logoOver the last few months, the library has been working on a new look and feel for OneSearch, the tool that provides access our books, videos, and a large chunk of our online databases. OneSearch has been very widely used at SCC for the last couple years; when you do a search from the library homepage using the “All” tab, that’s where you end up.

You can now preview the new version of OneSearch. When you do a search from the library home page, you’ll see a link asking if you want to go to the new version. Click it, and you’ll get there.

You’ll find several new features aimed at improving access to our locally held books & videos. Searching for textbooks on reserve? Click the “Find Textbooks on Reserve” link at the top of the screen to launch special search form similar to the one you find on the library website. Want to text a call number to yourself? From a book’s page, click the “Share” icon next to the call number and you’ll be able to do so.

We’ll be continuing to work on the new OneSearch through the summer. In the Fall semester, we’ll be sending the older library catalog (often known as “LOIS”) into semi-retirement. So let us know what you think of OneSearch! After you’ve used it for a little, you’ll get a survey prompt. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Try out Statista: Statistics with Flair

We are currently providing trial access to Statista, a site that compiles statistics from various sources and presents them in visually arresting ways. Many of the stats have a business angle, but variety is the key word here. Some examples:

You get the idea.

You can easily toggle between different kinds of charts, and then download a high-quality image, PDF or PowerPoint slide, or export the data as an Excel file.

Where does the info come from? According to Statista,

data sources include market research reports, such as the Ipsos Affluent Survey published annually by Ipsos Media, Simmons National Consumer Studies and Consumer Insights from Scarborough Research, as well as trade publications, scientific journals, and government databases.

Threshold for Herd Immunity for Select Diseases 2013

What do you think? Let a librarian know. You can find it through March 27 on our Research Databases page, or click below.

Go to Statista

Low On Funds and Need a Textbook?

We’ve got you covered. The library has a copy of most of your required textbooks at the Circulation Desk.  (Find them in the Library Catalog.)   If your instructor approves the use of an older edition of the textbook, the library has some previous editions on the third floor of the Library. These older textbooks check out for three weeks.

Library catalog textbook search

The Library has copiers that can print a page or two or save those pages to your USB. If you need assistance searching for course materials, ask a librarian at the Research Help Desk.

Still strained financially? There are numerous sites where you can purchase a book at a discount or rent a book for the semester. The price may be half what it costs to buy the book new, and you can sometimes sell it back.

Take advantage of this list of sites to purchase and rent textbook materials:Student finding books on Library third floor

Spring Semester Starts Saturday

Classes start Saturday! The library will be open its regular Saturday hours, 9 am – 3 pm. A few things to remember:

  • If you are looking for your textbook, the best way to see if we’ve got it is to fill out our online form. If we have a copy, it is most likely on 2-hour reserve. You need to grab the call number and bring it to the Circulation Desk. Ask a librarian if you need help.
  • You must have a Student Access (ID) Card in order to check out books. Don’t have one yet? On Saturday the 17th you can get one from 7 – 2:30 on the first floor of the LRC. You can also do it earlier in the week at City Café. For the full schedule, see the calendar (PDF file). To get your Access card and be eligible to check out books, you must be in at least one class (not just on a waiting list).
  • Be patient. Things can be very hectic early in the semester. We are really doing our best to help you get started with the semester, but sometimes there are delays, so try to keep a cool head!

Robin perched on bare branch

Get vacation reading while there’s still time!

The library closes for Winter Recess on Thursday, December 18 at 8 pm. Until then, if you are a continuing student or an SCC employee, you can check out books and videos and they will not be due until Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

13/365: Statler & Waldorf

So find your summer reading! Some titles of interest from the last couple years, all of which are on the shelf as I type this:

The Luminaries by Eleanor CattonThe Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth KolbertThe Teacher Wars by Dana GoldsteinBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonSo We Read On by Maureen CorriganThe Goldfinch by Donna TarttThe Innovators by Walter IsaacsonCapital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

More in the New Books section on the 2nd floor, or browse our new arrivals online!

3 More Things You Don’t Know About Your Library

1. 3rd-Floor Silence

3rd floor of LRC

The 3rd floor is a quiet study area, perfect for prepping for finals.

2. Help from Librarians

Reference Librarian at Research Help DeskLibrarians are well-prepared for any research question you have.

Ask for help.

3. The Library Lounge Area

Lounge area on 2nd floor of LRCTake breaks.

Your brain accepts information better with plenty of rest. Relax between study sessions in the lounge area on the 2nd floor.

New Arrivals at the Library: Books, DVDs, and eBooks

Supreme City by Donald L. MillerThe Book of Immortality by Adam GolinerA Chinaman's Chance by Eric LiuIt's a Jungle in There by David A. Rosenbaum

Have you checked out the newest arrivals at the library? Ranging from guides that can help you with your courses to the latest best-selling non-fiction, these new arrivals are not to be missed. Not sure where to start? You can browse the New Books List or search by title, author, or subject.

Don’t forget to visit the New Books & Videos page to find out about the latest books, DVDs, and eBooks. Each listing has a link directly to the library catalog, so you can quickly locate or request the item.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can borrow these new titles. Checking out books or DVDs is simple; all you need is your student or employee ID card and you are good to go! Using ebooks might take some figuring out—when you have questions, take a look at our ebook guide or Ask a Librarian.

Happy reading!

Election Resources Guide Posted

Three suffragists casting a vote

I wish I could wear a cool hat to the polls, but I vote by mail. :(

There’s an election next week; have you figured out what you’re doing about Proposition 47? (Have you even heard of Prop 47?) How about Measure L?

Librarian Becky Boyd put together a list of useful election-info sites to help an ENGWR 300 class researching these topics, but they are useful for all of us. Take a look at the ones below, or for more resources visit the guide itself.